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Proper tools, timing key to pruning success

By Mary Jo Frank

Early spring is an excellent time to check your woody plants to see if they need pruning, horticulturalist Ellyn Meyers told the Chelsea Area Garden Club at its March meeting.

Meyers, who teaches horticulture and landscape design at Lansing Community College, said gardeners prune for multiple reasons, including to:

  • Improve plant health by removing dead and diseased branches.
  • Improve over-all structure of the plant by removing suckers, water shoots, and branches that cross or rub one another.
  • Reduce plant size.
  • Rejuvenate plants.
  • Give a plant a distinctive shape, such as with topiary.

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Pre Plant Sale Dig/Potting Session

Working in a gentle spring rain, Chelsea Area Garden Club members pot ornamental grasses for the club’s plant sale. Perennials, ferns, hostas, wildflowers and herbs from local gardens also will be for sale.

Working in a gentle spring rain, Chelsea Area Garden Club members pot ornamental grasses for the club's May 14 plant sale in downtown Chelsea, across from the Chelsea District Library.  Perennials, ferns, hostas, wildflowers and herbs from local gardens also will be for sale.